I specialize on issues of founding and refounding, popular constitutionalism, and indigenous rights and social movements in Latin America. I am interested in examining the mechanisms and challenges involved in the creation and recreation of political orders, the significance of constitution-making and the law in processes of extraordinary politics, and the role of popular power and "the people" in enacting and legitimating radical political change. I recently completed a book manuscript on foundings titled Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in an Age of Constitutional Democracy (forthcoming, Oxford University Press 2016). Following on this book, I am working on a new project on indigenous protest and resistance against natural resource extraction focusing on the cases of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.
Area of Study:
- Political theory
- History of Political Thought; Critical Theory; Indigenous Rights and Social Movements in Latin America; Comparative Constitutionalism
- Political Science